Cowboy Christmas around the corner

Fourth of July is just around the corner. Cowboy Christmas is coming up and the guys have full plate ahead of them. The 232 Ranch will  have bulls out at Show Low, Springerville and Taylor with /M Rodeo. The guys will busy with rodeos from AZ, TX, CO and NM. Everyone has been busy getting ready and looking forward to getting out the valley heat here. The Bulls have been to the spa and getting some good feed to prepare them for cowboys they will draw over the fourth. Below are some pictures over the last few months. Chance and Shane made it up to South Dakota for the mustache bulls and broncs rodeo. Brandon has finally gotten to be home on regular basis and get back to focusing on rodeo’s. Carter has been busy playing cowboy doing preg checks and well just playing cowboy. John has been chasing rodeo’s all over the southwest this last few months, got the win at Payson, AZ PRCA rodeo. Now we all get a chance to take a deep breath and focus on the fourth run.  Until next time keep your rosin dry, chin tucked and toes out!

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The year is Rolling Right along

Well its towards the end of May, things have been rolling right along for the us. Everyone is getting spread out again with rodeo’s. We are finishing up the month with a few big events left for May. Chance and Shane are heading to Interior, SD for the Stash Bash being held up there, I know they are pretty excited about it. Looks like they have guys from all over entered up. Shane and Chance are pretty fired up to get up t13139200_1271174436244447_2792565171810047839_nhere and Rep the 232 Arizona Wildbunch, we are all hoping they come home with the cool buckle they are giving away. Brandon’s been busy getting settled into married life, but all looks good for him to hit the road hard and make up some ground. John has been busy hitting the trail hard, has been just chipping at them. Carter has been busy getting horse going and taking care the stock for /M, with the El Frida, AZ bull riding just around the corner for us, we have a lot of busy work we gotta get done. The bulls have been hanging out, one our top bulls After Us branded 232 is still trying to heal up from getting sore at the Cottonwood rodeo. Hoping by the 4th he is ready to go, making progress slowly on his back foot. After the El Frida bull riding we have a good month off before they are all back on the road for the fourth of July. 3 rodeo’s in 4 days should make it busy loading and unloading. Been a blast so far, I do miss nodding my head on those bucking horses, but this stock contracting has helped ease it a little. Its been a blast especially watching the family getting involved and helping out. Rodeo just can do that can’t explain it but it some how can always bring everyone together. The goal is to get our bulls to the GCPRA Finals, hoping the guys like what we have so far. Got a few things cooking on the back burner hopefully to make things that much more fun. Had a new Bareback rider crack out this May, young guy just learning but is picking it up pretty quick. Pretty cool getting help and hopefully he will get out of this way life more than we hope for him. Aug 13 and 14th we have Bareback and Bronc riding school that will be going that we are pretty excited about at the Welcome home ranch in Gilbert AZ. Will try to do a better job in keeping everyone posted on whats been going on, been pretty busy this year so far. Keep your rowls a rolling and let the good times roll until next time.

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2016 off and Running

Its just the start of 2016 and things have really started with a bang. I’m really happy with what the guys have done and where we are at for the rest of the year. A few big things have happened so far this year for us, and we are excited about the year ahead. First we we bought in on Slash M rodeo and now supplying bucking bulls for the rodeo’s for the GCPRA and College rodeo’s in the region. We are excited about this, its a first of many steps as we move forward. Spoke the Needles California committee and we have a bounty bull for their rodeo coming up next weekend. The bull is properly named Needles, he has been rode for 82 pts at the CAC College Rodeo in Florence, AZ. Since we named the bull after them, and some of you know they moved the rodeo back a few years ago by a weekend so me and my beautiful wife could be married and not miss Rodeo. I thought it would be a great way to repay them by having a bounty bull at their rodeo. Especially one that really bucks. Very excited about everything we got going with the bulls. Our Stock Contracting Company is called 232 Ranch and Rodeo. Looking forward to very challenging and be yet awarding year of rodeos in AZ. The guys have been plugging right along with everything helping out and getting things moving forward. That started off our Feb for 2016, then in March we all got to be part of a very cool wedding for Brandon and Brittinie, it was great day. Especially Brandon serenading Brit with George Strait song is that your chair. It was a by far a one of the best wedding’s have had been honored to attend. Everything was set up for a good ol’ country wedding. It was a Blast but also awesome to see our good friends to take part in something so special. I can’t put it to words. Now everyone is off and running we, will be at Needles, CA. this weekend. From what I have gathered we should have full numbers out this year, everyone is excited with the winter rodeo’s done down here its time to hit the road. That is all I have heard, plans are being made and the guys will be traveling some miles this spring. If ya see us with a 232 Ranch shirt on please say hello, looking forward to where things will be in a few months. But most of all where we all will be at the end of the year. Until next time fast time and high scores.

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2015 Highs and Lows

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Tom 2014 Finals

Buried that Last Crown Bottle in Chute Number 1 in Benson AZ in memory of Tom.

 

What a year, did a quick picture round up of the year. Hopefully you will get a sense of the ups and down in Rodeo. We covered these states in 2015, CA, NV, AZ, CO, NM, UT, OR, WA, WY, MT, NE, TX,ID, SD, KY and I may have left out a state or two. It was a blast and looking forward to 2016.

 

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Winning ride at Needles Brandon Smith

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Brittnie winning run at Needles

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Brandons Wining Buckle over the Fourth

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Brandon getting smashed in Show Low

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Shane Morin Leather Works

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Shane at a PRS Event

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232 Ranch taking steps forward

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Brittnie Breakaway

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Kristoff  and Carter Williams at the NFR Sale 232 Ranch

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Brandon Colorado

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Jason and Buck roping fast Grants, NM

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Shanes Fund Raiser to cut his hair for children with Hair Loss

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The good ol Roping Pen

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Love birds

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Bronc riding Mark Out Chance Stone Benson AZ

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Pulling riggins

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Queen Creek Pro Rodeo

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NFR Sale

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Elk Hunt

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Wilcox AZ Jason Minic

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Brittnie putting it on one

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Supporting Double K Diamond Tom

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Shanes hair swiming the horses at the Salt River -Tarzan

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The Girls

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall/Winter = Finals

I apologize for the delay in posting. Not to make excuses it has been an extremely busy year inside and outside the arena for all of us. We started a new business while attending to business in the arena. Where to start??? Its that time of the year, which means did our hard work pay off to qualify for Finals we set goals for. Well it did, we had guys qualify for the Turquoise Circuit Finals, GCPRA Finals, NMRA Finals and the Senior Pro NFR. Brandon Smith, Brandon put together a great year in the bareback riding, placing at pro rodeos, from Poway, CA, to Mesquite TX. He is also setting 3rd in the GCPRA within shot of the #1 guy going into the finals next weekend. John Killian, qualified for the circuit finals this last October and is setting 4th in the GCPRA standing heading into the Finals next weekend. Chance Stone, still on the comeback trail put together a really good year in the Saddle bronc riding and bull riding. He qualified for the GCPRA Finals in the top 10. He has been putting in the extra work outside the arena to improve his mind set and skills. Shane Morin, qualified for the GCPRA finals, but after a injury riddled year and getting off his last horse in Mesquite, TX last Spring, he had to take time off to heal up. After a month of working out and getting things right he looks primed to make some great rides in Ft Mohave at the AVI. Shane also put together a benefit for Children with Hair Loss, he grew his hair out all summer then we cut it raising money for the Children, it was a successful event. Kyle Marly, finished the year out at Benson fighting bulls for /M, he is now the main man for the bullfighting for /M. Taking shoots two weekends in a row and saving lock rowel riders. He is really starting to perfect his craft as a cowboy life saver. Jason Minic, had a solid year went into the Senior NFR setting 2nd in the World, qualified for the GCPRA Finals again. The 4 peat didn’t happen for him. On the roping end, he has improved his skills and is working hard to be more of a complete all around cowboy. We will see what 2016 brings for him and the rest of the group. Arizona Wildbunch has also formed the 232 Ranch with Carter Williams, in doing this we have been able to get a pick up horse selected to Benny Binions Bucking Horse and Bull Sale. Nice looking burnt buckskin properly named Kristoff, named by Jason’s Daughter Mckynlee off the movie Frozen. Ha kids they can come up the craziest things. We are all pretty excited about this new opportunity for the group and are looking forward to seeing how it all goes. If you get a chance come out to the sale during the NFR on Dec 5th to see what Kristoff brings. Who ever ends up purchasing him will be extremely happy with him. Work both ends in the team roping and a hell of a pick up horse. We will do a better job with updates, hopefully see a few this week on what is happening with the guys.

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July Run

Well we just finished the 4th of July Cowboy Christmas run. Some will have a few days off and other get to have full week off, but the dog days of summer are here. Its pull your hat down and keep moving forward. Here is recap of how the guys did over the fourth run. Brandon – he got the win at show low on his re-ride horse after his first horse flipped over on him coming out of the chutes. He gathered back up and then pulled out heading to Pagosa Springs, CO were he finished 2nd in the bareback riding. John – was all over the southwest, he entered everything he could, finished in the crying hole at a few big rodeos but pulled a first place ride out Springerville on the afternoon of the fourth and headed over to Taylor that night. Kyle – was busy fighting bulls between show low, springerville and Taylor all with in 24 hours of each other. Had some great saves at show low that I’m sure the bull riders will thank him for. Chance – made show low friday night, got up and made the short round in a roping, then shortly after that jumped in the truck for his horse Saturday afternoon at Springerville. Then turned back around to try to make the books at Taylor. Brittinie – roped breakaway at both show low and Pagosa Springs. Shane – still nursing a bad shoulder followed doctors orders and stayed home. Hopefully this will allow him to hit the road hard in few weeks. Jason – well started in Grants on the first and ended in Linden AZ. The weather with perfs being pushed back caused me to miss Show Low by far one of my favorite rodeos to ride at. Then got up headed to Grants for my 3 rd horse and then came back to miss Taylor, but ended up in the roping on Sunday, which helped get rid of the bad attitude I had from missing a couple of rodeos this year. But gained a whole new perspective for hauling a horse to rodeos. Easier to throw a gear bag around than load and unload a horse. Also you can drive a just a little bit faster when your not pulling a trailer as well. All in all, it was a good fourth for everyone and still have a lot of rodeos left for the July and year to get to. Until next time keep your chin tucked and let the good times roll.

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The Heat is coming

Quick recap on the past month of how things have gone for the guys. Been a mix bag of good and bad, life on the rodeo trail. Lets start with Brandon – man he has been on a roll as of late. Nobody is prouder or happier for him than me. Its started in Needles, CA at the GCPRA rodeo, he got a rematch on a horse that dis-located his shoulder few years ago when he was trying to cut his teeth. Ol Sandy Loam of /M Rodeos, I seen him at breakfast he was like I got Sandy tonight, I was like your a totally different rider now, its all good. He was like rematch, she gonna regret dislocating my shoulder. I said get em. Well he rolled up and if you haven’t seen the video on Facebook, you should know it was a pretty jam up ride. He did give her the iron and let em fly. Then he rolled over to Cali with a couple of guys for the spring rodeos. Didn’t draw a check but you could see the confidence building, he gave one the boot at one of the PRCA rodeos over there. Then we all decided to go hit a run in Texas and test out metal out. We didn’t get entered the way we planned but, we still said lets go anyways. Instead of hitting 3 rodeos over there we hit 2 and caught the GCPRA rodeo back in Tucson on the way  back home. (that’s another story) Well we rolled into Mesquite, TX just hoping we would make it on time, trust me we cut it close. He was gunner got a one that lead him around the arena, but instead of just holding on, he kept hustling and the that hustle paid off for his first PRCA check. After a few drinks driving around lost, we headed for Lufkin, TX he had Miss Dunny drawn up that night. And I can’t put into words watching him, the gate swings open and instead of claming up on a good one, he just let em fly, she came around back to the right real tight in circle bogging her head and kicking out and hanging in the air. If it didn’t get your blood running nothing will I guess for bareback riders. Then after that rolled into Globe had Miss Hollywood of /M Scott Mcdaniels drawn up, he just went right to her, beat her to the punch and let em fly again. Personally I could of said a few things I don’t know what the winning rides looked like the night before, but he sure could of been a bunch more in my opinion. Long story short with out complaining for him he should won it.  My opinion its like a deposit for the next big one, they owe him.  He is off to Payson and Ramona this weekend. So catch up to him and say hello. Shane has been basically on the disabled list since Apache Junction hang up. He jumped out against doctors orders and tried to go at it anyways. The collarbone decided  differently, he suffered through a tuff few rides. Which he knows he would love to have back, but all I gotta say is that is tuff when you can’t even pick your gear bag up and can still hold onto em spurring for good rides. Its tough to argue with someone that tough. I recommend that he just turn out of Tucson or Visible injury. But nope he was like hey you guys have been carrying the load I feel like I owe it to you guys to cowboy up for some money. That’s a traveling partner. Well he did and finished one hole out of the money. Now he is back in rehab and trying to get ready for the June runs through the southwest. John has been hot as well, he’s just been quietly placing everywhere and running off to the next one. Not making a big deal of it just taking care of business. I haven’t heard from him how his run last weekend went but I believe he split the win at Globe. He is hitting Payson, Roswell, Romona and trying to get into Vegas. He set a goal of wining the rookie of the year and concentrating on finishing high in that goal. Which when he gets determined it like dealing with a blank wall. I have no doubt he will. Chance has had a good spring as well, finished 2nd at Needles in the Saddle Bronc, placed in a few bull ridings and would be doing good on the roping end if his partner (me, Jason) would catch two feet he would of had a hell of spring. I guess if his roping partner would hold up, he would of been sitting real tight for the all around. But I was like if I can’t win it your not either. LOL.  Kyle has been fighting bulls for Scott with college rodeos and GCPRA rodeos its kept him pretty busy. He is enjoying working with a very good friend for one last year Corey Chavez, who plans to call it wrap after this year. I think they are both trying their best to have the all time save so they can have something to BS about when the are older. I can hear it now, he Corey remember that rodeo were I saved you and Corey saying ya thank god you can’t jump higher than a beer can or I would of been smoked. LOL. Brittinie has been working hard and won the team roping with a good friend Cody Skinner in Needles, CA, they twisted one for just under 8 flat. They were pumped, add Brandons success to it and well you can just imagine the night they all had. Wish ol Tom from DKDphotography was still around cause I know he would of got some great shots of the celebration, even if they didn’t know he was taken them. Miss Ya Tom... Well now me Jason don’t got much good news, just been either out of the money or picking up dirt clods for a collection that I have decided I don’t wanna do. But they keep showing up, so I guess I will collect them. I’m taking some time off with the new babe on the way and getting caught up on the property. So I can hit the end of June and fourth run with a clear mind and larger family. Good news for me to see happening, is how the guys have started to take off doing what they have wanted to do. Be it good or bad, they are all working double hard to succeed in there passion. Which rodeo or no rodeo having a passion drives the fires and makes the good that much better and the bad tolerable. I have said it million times its a marathon not a sprint. I gotta say its also great to see in the last few rodeos for the GCPRA we have had 4 new BB riders show up, young guns working there way through the ropes. But after Cottonwood which would of had most guys thinking this is not for me riding all those rank horses that were out, they showed up at Globe with smiles and ready to roll. Gotta chance to visit with em, learned one thing, they are hungry. I’m excited to see that, they really wanna learn and be successful.  Quick shout out to my bud Kyle Charlie, great to see him out owning to his word for Tom, the guy has been hot. Nothing but the best to him. Even if he wears yellow chaps. But he has been spurring em and winning. Pretty cool to sit back and watch all these AZ cowboys getting to the pay window so much.  So to all the guys out going hard the next few weeks and the new guys working on getting there. Let the good times roll, toes out, and let them rowls sing. Loose rowl mafia.

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